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Program Overview

Program Overview

Pursue a career in business and you're in for an exciting, fast-paced world of opportunity. Transfer directly to a university business school, earn an associate degree in a specialized business area, gain general business training in an online or accelerated format or simply taking courses for professional development. You will find a wide variety of courses available at NVCC to meet your needs.

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  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions in a variety of profit and non-profit organizations and corporations. Typical positions for which graduates are qualified include office management,customer service, business analyst, retail management, sales and management, administrative assistants.
  • Transfer seamlessly to a CT State College or University with the CSCU Pathway Transfer: Business studies degree.

Earn a certificate 

Certificate programs in Management and Finance are available to students who do not wish to pursue a full two-year course of study. The Management Certificate Program is intended to provide students with a condensed background in the field of management. Students completing coursework in this program will be qualified to accept select entry-level positions in a variety of profit and non-profit fields, and will have a foundation for a Degree Program if desired.

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The Management Degree Program is intended to provide students with a broad background in the rapidly changing and exciting field of Business. Students completing this program will be qualified to accept entry-level positions in a variety of profit and non-profit organizations and corporations. Additionally, students who plan to transfer to a four-year college will choose electives with the help of their advisor that will conform to the curricular patterns of the college in which they plan to enroll after receiving the Associate in Science Degree.




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Program Requirements

Business Administration: Business Computer Applications A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications or CSC*H101 or Introduction to Computers 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge BBG*H231 Business Law I 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning Choose any Quantitative Reasoning listed (Advising recommended for transfer) 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 3-4
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Social Phenomena ECN*H101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirements ACC*H113 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ACC*H117 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
ECN*H102 Principles of Microeconomics 3
CSA*H135 Spreadsheet Applications 3
CSA*H205 Advanced Applications 3
CSC Program Elective 1 15

Total Credits: 61-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1Choose five of the following:
ACC*H123 Accounting Software Applications
ACC*H231 Cost Accounting I
ACC*H271 Intermediate Accounting I
CSA*H145 or CSC/CST course
CSC/CST course
ACC course (ACC*H290 recommended)
BFN*H201 Principles of Finance
BFN*H220 Financial Management
BMG*H202 Principles of Management
CSA*H145, or appropriate CSC/CST course
Finance, CSA*H145, or appropriate CSC/CST course
Finance (BFN*H296 recommended)
BMG*H105 Supervision and Organizational Behavior
BMG*H202 Principles of Management
BMG*H220 Human Resources Management 3
CSA*H145 Database Management
CSA*H207 Computer Applications in Management & Marketing
Elective Management (BBG*H295 recommended)
BMG*H202 Principles of Management
BMK*H201 Principles of Marketing
BMK*HH207 Consumer Behavior
CSA*H145 Database Management
CSA*HH207 Computer Applications in Management & Marketing Marketing class (BBG*H295 recommended)

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a level of mathematical skill appropriate for employment in a business environment.
  2. Read, understand and prepare standard types of business communications.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of basic theory and practice in his/her focus area.
  4. Possess skills appropriate to his/her focus area in the following software:
    operating system
    word processor
    electronic spreadsheet
    presentation software
    internet browser
    database management system
    (for management and marketing focus areas)
    general ledger accounting system
    (for accounting focus)
    other software as appropriate to the student’s
    focus area
  5. Use the Internet for business purposes, including research, marketing, stock market analysis, etc.
  6. Read, understand, and use software documentation.

Business Finance A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications or
CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers
3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge BBG*H231 Business Law I 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics 3
Scientific Knowledge Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 3-4
Scientific Reasoning Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Social Phenomena ECN*H101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed—Prefer ENG*H102 Literature and Composition or ENG*H200 Advanced Composition 3
Program Requirements ACC*H113 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ACC*H117 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
BFN*H201 Principles of Finance 3
BBG*H232 Business Law II 3
ECN*H250 Money and Banking 3
BMG*H202 Principles of Management 3
BFN*H220 Financial Management 3
BBG*H210 Business Communications 3
ECN*H102 Microeconomics 3
Program Elective1: 3

Total Credits: 61-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1Choose one of the following: BFN*H125 Principles of Banking BFN*H126 Principles of Insurance BFN*H203 Principles of Investment BRE*H205 Real Estate Law BFN*H208 Financial Analysis BRE*H201 Real Estate Principles

1Selection of Finance courses should be made in consultation with Business faculty advisor.

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of business finance including financial planning, long and short-term financing, fixed assets management and management of long-term debt.
  2. Identify strategies and practices in government and consumer financing.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of monetary, fiscal and debt management policies of government.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of basic analytical techniques, problem-solving and decision-making.
  5. Identify the basic concepts of Asset Management and be able to provide an overview of Liability-and Deposit-Management as they relate to the financial services industry.
  6. Identify techniques for managing working capital and demonstrate knowledge of the capital budgeting process.
  7. Provide an understanding of how the United States economic system is organized, how it functions and how it impacts the global economy.
  8. Identify the major goals and functions of financial management.
  9. Understand the principle components of financial analysis in all levels of the business organization.
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationships between Finance and all other areas within a business, including working with other departments, to achieve overall strategic goals.

Business Management A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications or
CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers
3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge BBG*H231 Business Law I 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics or MAT*H172 College Algebra 3
Scientific Knowledge Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 3-4
Scientific Reasoning Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Social Phenomena ECN*H101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Written Communication Choose any listed - Prefer ENG*H102 Literature and Composition or ENG*H200 Advanced Composition 3
Program Requirements ACC*H113 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ACC*H117 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
BBG*H101 Introduction to Business 3
BBG*H232 Business Law II 3
BMG*H202 Principles of Management 3
BMG*H105 Supervision and Organizational Behavior 3
BMG*H220 Human Resource Management 3
BBG*H210 Business Communications 3
ECN*H102 Microeconomics 3
Program Elective1 3

Total Credits: 61-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1Choose one of the following
BMK*H220 Sales
BMK*H201 Principles of Marketing
BMK*H207 Consumer Behavior
BBG*H295 Management Cooperative Work Experience
BFN*H201 Principles of Finance
BFN*H203 Investment Principles
BFN*H126 Principles of Insurance
CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of management, human resources, and organizational development in an entry-level management position.
  2. Identify the skills needed to organize thoughts and ideas and demonstrate the ability to communicate, verbally and in writing, in a manner that can be easily understood in the business environment.
  3. Solve math problems related to various aspects of management including accounting, finance and operations.
  4. Understand and practice the various functions of management as well as the nature and responsibilities of a manager.
  5. Develop an understanding of the decision-making process and demonstrate effective decision-making.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to define management problems, examine alternatives and decide on the best course of action, and submit these in writing to higher management.
  7. Develop a personal philosophy of management, enabling him/her to perform as a manager, staff specialist or as a subordinate.
  8. Develop an understanding of the nature of change and how to adapt to the accelerating, global environment.
  9. Demonstrate a knowledge and use of technological innovations as they apply to management.
  10. Develop an ability to interpret management information from various sources such as financial statements, annual reports, and publications.
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of the competitive pressures brought by effectiveness, efficiency and innovation issues on organizations.
  12. Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, fellow employees, working groups, and the macro environment.

CSCU Pathway Transfer: Business Studies A.A./A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics2 † 3
Social Phenomena ECN*H101 Macroeconomics2 † 3
Program Requirement ACC*H113 Principles of Financial Accounting3 † 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Global Knowledge ECN*H102 Microeconomics 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Scientific Reasoning Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Program Requirement ACC*H117 Principles of Managerial Accounting3 † 3
Program Requirement MAT*H158 Functions, Graphs and Matrices,

MAT*H232 Applied Calculus, OR

MAT*H254 Calculus I
4
THIRD SEMESTER
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Scientific Knowledge Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 3-4
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirement BBG*H210 Business Communication 3
Program Requirement BMK*H201 Principles of Marketing3 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning/Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning/Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Program Requirement BBG*H231 Business Law I3 3
Program Requirement BMG*H202 Principles of Management3 3
Program Requirement BFN*H201 Principles of Finance3 3
Program Requirement General Elective (any 100 level or above) 1

Total Credits: 60-61

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

2 Must earn a C- or above in these courses.

3 Must earn a C or above in these courses.

Must earn a cumulative 2.5 or above in these 6 courses. Guaranteed admission into a State University or Charter Oak requires an overall 2.0 GPA (2.5 for Central CT State University)

Certificate in Administrative Support

Course No. Title Credits
CORE AREA: (Required, 9 credits)
CSA*H105 Intro to Software Applications
or
CSC *H101 Introduction to Computers 3
BMG*H202 Principles of Management 3
CSA*H205 Advanced Applications 3
FOCUS AREAS: (6 credits)
Accounting
ACC*H113 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ACC*H117 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
Legal
BBG*H231 Business Law I 3
BBG*H232 Business Law II 3
Technology
CSC*H231 Database Design I 3
CSA*135 Spreadsheet Applications 3
General Business
BMG*H220 Human Resource Management 3
BMG*H105 Supervision and Organizational Behavior 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the components of the business environment and environmental factors affecting business today.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the functions of management: planning, leading, organization and controlling.
  3. Demonstrate the skills needed to organize thoughts and ideas and the skills needed to communicate them, verbally and in writing, in a manner that can be easily understood in the business environment.

Certificate in Finance

Students must successfully complete the following credit courses with a grade of “C” or better.

Course No. Title Credits
CORE AREA (Required)
BFN*H201 Principles of Finance 3
ECN*250 Money and Banking 3
BFN*H220 Principles of Financial Management 3
BFN*H203 Investment Principles 3
One elective to be chosen from:
BRE*H205 Real Estate Law 3
BFN*H208 Financial Analysis 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Chair of the Management Department.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of business finance including financial planning, long and short-term financing, fixed assets management, and management of long-term debt.
  2. Identify strategies and practices in government and consumer financing.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of monetary, fiscal and debt management policies of government.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of basic analytical techniques, problem-solving and decision-making.
  5. Identify the basic concepts of Asset Management and be able to provide an overview of Liability-and Deposit-Management as relates to the financial services industry.
  6. Identify techniques for managing working capital and demonstrate knowledge of the capital budgeting process.
  7. Provide an understanding of how the United States economic system is organized, how it functions and how it impacts the global economy.
  8. Identify the major goals and functions of financial management.
  9. Understand the principle components of financial analysis in all levels of the business organization.
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationships between Finance and all other areas within a business, including working with other departments to achieve overall strategic goals.

Certificate in Management

Course No. Title Credits
CORE AREA: (Required)
BBG*H101 Introduction to Business 3
BMG*H202 Principles of Management 3
BMG*H105 Supervision and Organizational Behavior 3
ACC*H113 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
Elect three of the following, totaling 9 credits:
BMG*H220 Human Resources Management
BBG*H210 Business Communication
BBG*H231 Business Law I
BMK*H201 Principles of Marketing
BMG*H105 Supervision and Organizational Behavior
ACC*H117 Principles of Managerial Accounting
9
Total Credit Hours 21

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of management, human resources, and organizational development in an entry level management position.
  2. Identify the skills needed to organize thoughts and ideas, and demonstrate the ability to communicate, verbally and in writing, in a manner that can be easily understood in the business environment.
  3. Solve math problems related to various aspects of management including accounting, finance and operations.
  4. Understand and practice the various functions of management as well as the nature and responsibilities of a manager.
  5. Develop an understanding of the decision-making process and demonstrate effective decision-making.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to define management problems, examine alternatives and decide on the best course of action, and submit these in writing to higher management.
  7. Develop a personal philosophy of management, enabling him/her to perform as a manager, staff specialist or as a subordinate.
  8. Develop an understanding of the nature of change and how to adapt to the accelerating, global environment.
  9. Demonstrate a knowledge and use of technological innovations as they apply to management.
  10. Develop an ability to interpret management information from various sources such as financial statements, annual reports, and publications.
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of the competitive pressures brought by effectiveness, efficiency and innovation issues on organizations.
  12. Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, fellow employees, working groups, and the macro environment.

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Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

The Management Certificate Program is intended to provide students with a broad background in the field of management. Students completing this certificate program will be qualified to accept entry-level positions in a variety of profit and non-profit fields. 



Whether you already have a degree or are just looking to specialize, the Finance Certificate is the ideal alternative. These courses will help you meet the needs of future employers in a vastly changing marketplace without the commitment to a two-year degree.

The Finance Certificate is designed for individuals who are seeking professional development and advancement in the financial services area. Students entering this program are assumed to have a business foundation either by career or degree. Credits may be applied toward the degree program in Business Finance.


The Administrative Support Certificate offers students a broad range of computer skills, competent management skills and a keen understanding of the business environment. By choosing an area of focus in Accounting, Legal, Technology or General Business studies, students are prepared for career-oriented positions such as entry-level accounting and bookkeeping, information technology specialists, human resources generalists, legal assistants, legal secretaries, and administrative assistants. Concentrations offer an easy transition into the Business Management Associate Degree program. It also may transition to Associate Degree programs in Business Administration, Business Finance, Legal Assistant/Paralegal, and Marketing. Students are encouraged to complete this Certificate Program as a first step towards earning the Associate Degree. The program may be pursued on a full or part-time basis. Students requiring basic skills development courses in reading, English or math as determined by placement testing area advised to begin their program with these basis skills courses to ensure success in the required business courses. 

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Transfer options are available for students who choose this course of study.  Talk with your advisor.

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Students will develop specific skills sets that are sought after in the world of Business such as developing an understanding of the decision-making process, to be able to examine alternatives and determine the best course of action in management, human resources and organizational development. Our students demonstrate an understanding of the global economy in which we live and develop their ability to communicate orally and in writing, while interpreting information from accounting and finance. Careers for graduates include:

  • Office Management
  • Customer Service
  • Business Analyst
  • Retail Management
  • Sales and Management
  • Administrative Assistants

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